Delayed Reaction


“His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭12:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Have you ever heard someone tell a joke and, at the time, you didn’t get it? That happens to me all the time. I have a bad habit of laughing in the moment even though the joke is not really clear. Then, I will bust out in laughter an hour later when I truly gets the get the joke. Even though it was no joke, that’s what happened to the disciples in the verse above. They didn’t fully understand what was happening until much later. Then, there was a realization that Jesus knew what He was doing so much more than they realized at the time. How about you? Have you ever had a moment when you look back and realize God knew what He was doing so much more than you realized at the time? Maybe it was a situation you were praying to get out of but God didn’t answer in your timing? Maybe it was in a relationship issue or in a financial situation. The end result is the same. God knows what He is doing and many times we have look back in order to really see it. This creates a great question to meditate on today… What are you going through right now that will look differently in the future? You think God isn’t listening right now but what will you think a year from now? Will you see God’s wisdom? Will you be a little embarrassed that you didn’t see it for what it was at the time? If God is faithful then we are not hoping that He will come through for us… we are just waiting to see how.


  • I will look in my past for times when God’s wisdom was greater than my momentary panic.
  • I will look at my present and think about issues I am not struggling with in the light of God’s faithfulness.
  • I will praise God in advance for what I know is on the way.


“God, help me to remember that you are always good and always faithful. You have not changed. Help me rest in the promise that I will one day look back and be thankful for this season.”

Leave a Reply